Apple is continuing to further improve its iOS Maps application and recently added 3-D flyover support for three brand new cities: Perth (Australia), Saint-Tropez (France), and Cordoba (Spain). You can access 3-D views of the three locations by navigating to them in the Maps app and switching over to 3-D flyover mode.
The news, first spotted by MacPrime (via MacRumors) comes as part of Apple’s sustained effort to increase its 3-D support for major cities around the world.
Apple first ditched Google Maps for its own software with iOS 6, though the so-called “Apple Maps” came under criticism from users due to its unreliability and many quirks.
Cupertino has gradually been ironing these problems out ever since, expanding flyover support for additional countries and ensuring that already-supported territories can access accurate data from within the app.
In this respect, Apple is honoring the promise it made to consumers back in September 2012, when it first spoke out about the revamped Maps application. At the time, Apple said:
Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map service. We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover and Siri integration, and free turn by turn navigation. We launched this new map service knowing that it is a major initiative and we are just getting started with it. We are continuously improving it, and as Maps is a cloud-based solution, the more people use it, the better it will get. (…) We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better.
The launch of Google’s own Google Maps app for iOS means users still having trouble with Apple Maps do have a reliable alternative. Though now, over a year down the line, it seems Cupertino’s mapping software is finally beginning to work as advertised – at least for the majority of supported customers.
As mentioned, iOS device users in Perth, Saint-Tropez, and Cordoba can now access 3-D flyover in the Maps app.
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